52 days in East Asia Itinerary

52 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Lhasa, China
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Lijiang, China
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Shanghai, China
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Jeju, South Korea
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Ishigaki, Japan
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Miyakojima, Japan
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Izumo, Japan
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Nagano, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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Seoul, South Korea
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Beijing, China
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Lhasa, China

— 4 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Potala Palace and Ani Tsankhung Nunnery. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lhalu Wetland National Nature Reserve. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, examine the collection at Tibet Museum, and contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lhasa trip maker tool.

Boston, USA to Lhasa is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to China Standard Time is 13 hours. In May in Lhasa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Lijiang, China

— 2 nights

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Yuhe Square, take a stroll through Ancient City Zhongyi Market, then don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Puji Temple, Lijiang. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Sanyan Well, explore the ancient world of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, and then take in the awesome beauty at Blue Moon Valley.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lijiang trip maker website.

You can fly from Lhasa to Lijiang in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Shanghai, China

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Head to Former French Concession and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centrefor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Panmen Gate. Explore Shanghai's surroundings by going to Shanghai Chongming Gold Beach (in Chongming County) and Master-of-Nets Garden (in Suzhou). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), enjoy the sand and surf at Bihaijinsha Wonder World, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shanghai Wild Animal Park.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Jeju, South Korea

— 6 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Visit Woljeongri Beach and Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach for some beach relaxation. The Islander and Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gwangchigi Beach). There's still lots to do: trek along Geomunoreum, identify plant and animal life at Roe Deer Observation Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jeju online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Shanghai to Jeju in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Jeju due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Ishigaki, Japan

— 4 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonehara Beach and Nakamoto Beach. Island Countryside Settlement and Misakion will appeal to history buffs. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Iriomote-jima (Nakama-river Protected Region, Nara no Taki Falls, &more) and Kohama-jima (Kubazaki Beach, Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, view the masterpieces at Nei Museum of Art, admire all the interesting features of Nagurao Bridge, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planning website.

Fly from Jeju to Ishigaki in 8.5 hours. May in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Miyakojima, Japan

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, stroll through Nagamahama Beach Coast, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, and finally stroll the grounds of Nakasone Toyumya Tomb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Yukishio Museum, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima travel route site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to fly to Izumo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Izumo, Japan

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 7th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Tanabeke Dozogun, then stroll through Oni no Shitaburui, then admire the natural beauty at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally explore the ancient world of Kojindani Ruin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Koryo Kunibiki Coast, contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Grand Shrine, kick back and relax at Hinomisaki Coast, then enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Karakama Shrine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Izumo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Izumo takes 6 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in June, things will get slightly colder in Izumo: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagano, Japan

— 3 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zenko-ji Temple and Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Visiting Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden and Myoko Kogen will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagano: Ike no Taira Shitsugen (in Tomi) and Nunobiki Kannon (in Komoro). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, see the interesting displays at Mizuno Museum, contemplate the long history of Sanada House, and get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagano holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight, subway, and train from Izumo to Nagano in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 5 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nezu Museum and Kencho-ji Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Nezu Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya), Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & Hakone Stone‐paved Road) and Shirako Beach (in Shirako-machi). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba District, stop by Yanaka District, and steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagano to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 6 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sanjusangendo Temple and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Ise Shrine Geku (in Ise). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Seoul, South Korea

— 5 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bukhansan National Park and Bongeunsa Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong. Change things up with a short trip to Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon (about 1h 5 min away). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, take an in-depth tour of Seoul Museum of History, and see the interesting displays at Grevin Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Seoul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. June in Seoul sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Beijing, China

— 6 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Visiting Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai) will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Meridian Gate (Wu Men). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), pause for some photo ops at Bell and Drum Towers, and view the masterpieces at 798 Art Zone.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing travel route planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Beijing in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Korean Standard Time to China Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Seoul in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors